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City Council Highlights - June 19, 2017

By City Staff

The following are highlights of the June 19, 2017, Sarnia City Council Meeting:


A public input session regarding transit service and property taxation was held featuring an introduction by Lisa Armstrong, Director, Finance Department.

  • Council heard from members of the public;
  • Council requested an extension of the public consultation period with a report back in the fall.


Reported out of the closed meeting: Council met in closed session to discuss Sarnia General Hospital lands. No votes were taken other than to give direction to staff to begin negotiations with one of the two bidders.


Rescheduled the Public Meeting regarding Zoning Amendment No. 4-2017-85 of 2002 - 811 London Road to one of the July 2017 Regular Council Meetings.


Adopted the 2018 Budget Process Schedule which sets out the schedule of budget presentations, draft budget release, public input and Council budget meeting in early December.


Accepted the tender submitted by Suncor Energy with a projected contract term cost of $4,484,141 (including non-rebateable HST), for the supply and delivery of gasoline and diesel fuels which are required to maintain overall City service operations. 


Authorized the Local Improvement Charges to be added to the tax roll for one property located on Confederation Line and one property located on London Line.


Accepted the proposal by BM Ross and Associates Limited for the engineering and contract administration services required for the removal and replacement of the Telfer Road Bridge in the amount of $107,679 (including non-rebateable HST).


Authorized an agreement with eSolutions Group for a new bidding portal. The annual bidder cost for unlimited access is $165.


Approved the allocation of $40,806 (including non-rebateable HST) from the Development Charges Reserve Account for the completion of the Stormwater Management and Hydraulic Modeling Update for Area #1, located at the northwest corner of Michigan Road and Modeland Road.


Authorized staff to increase the scope of the Talfourd Street and Side Streets Contract to include the complete reconstruction of sections of Richard Street to realize maximum potential funding available from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) and available budgeted City funds; work may continue into the spring of 2018 if needed.


Authorized the Over Strength Surcharge Agreement with ReVital Polymers Inc. for the exceedances of Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) and Total Suspended Solids (TSS) into the City’s waste water pollution control centre.


Approved the 2016 Final City of Sarnia Audited Financial Statements.


Authorized staff to proceed with public consultation for the reopening of Jackson Pool and a multi-purpose gathering place.

  • State of Jackson Pool:
    • In 2015 staff identified sub-surface water pipe failure resulting in the failure and deterioration of the concrete surrounding the pool;
    • Pool does not meet AODA standards;
    • Jackson Pool and equipment are past lifecycle; estimated repairs of $581,050 excluding costs associated with refurbishment of the existing washroom facility, repairs to the wading pool, and any aesthetic upgrades;
  • In 2015, Jackson Pool operated at 52% capacity and had low use during Public Open Swim times, averaging 17.5% capacity; programming and swimming lessons previously held at Jackson Pool can be accommodated within the Cox Youth Centre/Tecumseh Pool schedule;
  • Potential partnership opportunities may be available with Pathways Health Centre;
  • Consolidated programming within one facility has resulted in net annual operating savings of $50,837;
  • New design concept:
    • New preliminary concept for Jackson pool includes a multi-purpose gathering place and urban spray pad;
    • This design concept would have the ability to use the space for more than two months of the year that the Jackson Pool site was available to the community, and serve all age groups;
    • When the water feature is off, this space can be used for events and as an informal gathering space;
    • Strangway Centre programming could utilize space as an extension of the Strangway Centre in an outdoor setting;
    • Preliminary estimate of $275,000-$375,000 to complete the full scope of the project including the Spray Pad.


Authorized the Limited Use Data License Agreement with the County of Lambton to enable the City to collect fees for non-City residents to dispose their yard waste at the City of Sarnia compost site.


Authorized the Shareholder Consent Form which deals with the business of Bluewater Power shareholders as follows:

  • Bluewater Power financial position, statement of earnings, and statement of cash flows, as of December 31, 2016 are accepted;
  • All acts, intentions and undertakings of the Board and the Officers of the Corporation are confirmed and approved;
  • KPMG LLP Chartered Accountants appointed as auditors of the Corporation;
  • Re-affirmed the elected directors of Bluewater Power Distribution Corporation and affiliates to hold office.


Requested a report from Bluewater Power Corporation on board succession planning and how the recruitment process is completed.


Approved a temporary noise exemption for Paddy Flaherty’s for 6 events in 2017.

  • Directed staff to conduct a review of the Noise By-Law and produce a report regarding potential amendments to the Noise By-Law.


Received a project update regarding the Bright’s Grove lagoon upgrades which lifts the development freeze in Bright’s Grove as of July 1, 2017.


Received the Draft Tree By-law for information with consideration of adoption at a future regular meeting of Council and directed Planning staff to circulate the Draft Tree By-law for public review and comment, extending the consultation process to fall, 2017.


Noted that the next Regular Meeting of Sarnia City Council will be held on July 10, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

This article was posted Monday, June 19, 2017 7:45 PM

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